LISTEN Kabbala Shabbat Service - UPDATE ON SUGAR PIE DESANTO’S PERFORMANCE
We were very excited to be hosting rhythm and blues legend Sugar Pie DeSanto as the third guest in LISTEN, the monthly Friday night series at Congregation Beth Sholom, curated by musician and scholar Jeremiah Lockwood.
Sadly, Sugar Pie has been experiencing some health issues. She is back home after a hospital stay, but is not ready to perform yet. We truly hope to be able to host her at Beth Sholom sometime in the near future.
Fortunately, a young local artist who follows in Sugar Pie's footsteps has agreed to fill in. Terrie Odabi is a powerhouse blues and soul vocalist, and a stalwart of the Bay Area blues scene. Her 2016 album "My Blue Soul" ranked as one of Living Blues magazine's top albums of the year. We are grateful to have Terrie Odabi at this event, especially on such short notice! Ms. Odabi will be accompanied by series curator Jeremiah Lockwood for this unique event that celebrates the spiritual qualities of music, blurring the line between concert and ritual.
DATE: Friday, December 21, 2018
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Gronowski Family Chapel
COST: Free! All are welcome.
Maccabee Mitzvah Day & Hanukkah Party: Rededicate & Revive!
Join us on Sunday, December 9 in a communal volunteer effort to rededicate and beautify our sacred temple. We'll have the opportunity for hands-on beautification and restoration followed by a festive Hannukah celebration.
Let's be the light and shine the light on our spiritual home...together we can perform the mitzvah of elevating our incredible space.
1 - 4 p.m. – Mitzvah Teams
There are a range of projects to undertake that day. You can choose the project that you prefer and you'll work in a small team with a house committee member. Please read more about the projects below and then register for the team in which you would like to contribute.
4 - 6 p.m. – Party Time!
A festive celebration including: Candle Lighting, Food & Drink, Games, Dramatic & Musical Performances & More!
Team 1: Landscaping. Captain: Allen Levy
We’ll work on the Zweifach Meditation Garden, the Eva Gunther Plaza deck and wall planters, and a few other small projects. In the long term, we’d like to form a gardening committee to manage these spaces on a regular basis, so please contact Allen if you are interested in that.
Team 2: Interior Decor. Co-captains: Rosemary Rothstein/Mark Gunther
We have a collection of art and memorabilia that needs to be hung on various walls. We have chosen the locations. We'll be hanging a temporary exhibition in the Chapel Gallery, and permanent installation, on drywall or concrete, of other art items.
Team 3: Hanging the Tribes Captain: David Madfes
Those of you who are long term congregants will remember the metal sculptures depicting the 12 tribes that used to hang above the bimah in the old sanctuary. These are going to be mounted on the concrete wall above the reception desk in the lobby. As each tribe is in at least three pieces, need to be mounted directly to the wall, and need to align precisely with each other when hung, persons with carpentry experience would be welcome for this task.
Team 4: Moving the Tree of Life. Captain: David Madfes
The Tree of Life memorial wall is being moved from the Library to Koret Hall. We need some strong folks to help with the moving and installation.
Team 5: Storage Space Management/cleaning. Captain: Mark Gunther
Working with Beth, this team will be inventorying items we have in our various storage spaces, moving stuff around to better locations, and discarding things that have passed their sell-by date. We also may power-wash the EG Plaza deck and walls, exterior stairwells, and other places as needed.
Team 6: Renewing the Pews. Captain: Harry Meyer
This team will wash, vacuum, assess, refinish and move as necessary the pews in the Gronowski Chapel and Makom Shalom. There may be additional light carpentry tasks for this team as well.
Join us for Korban Shabbat - A Sabbath of Communal Offerings
This is an alternative, free-form, Friday night experience that is Jewish in content and feeling.
Each Korban Shabbat is determined by the offerings brought by those present, including but not limited to music, readings, movement and meditations. Through our offerings and willing engagement, we create a holy community, one in which G-d's presence is brought close. ALL ARE WELCOME! You don’t need an offering to attend. LEARN MORE.
What to Expect:
• Beginners in all areas are welcomed and encouraged.
• Sitting on floor cushions and benches. Wear comfortable clothing.
• Geared towards grown-ups and mature teens – for ages 16 and older.
• A safe space that is open, respectful and conducive to sharing.
DATE: Fourth Fridays, each month.
The OFFER service on November 23 was moved to November 30, in light of the Thanksgiving holiday
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Makom Sholom
Please join us directly following the service for a casual meal & cocktails in the Rainbow Courtyard & Main Meeting Room. PLEASE RSVP
If you are interested in making an offering at an upcoming Korban Shabbat, we want to hear from you! While there is a spontaneity to the evening, the offerings are scheduled in advance, rather than on the spot. Let Alana Ain or Karen Benjamin know if you're interested in giving a Korban offering at our next service. CONTACT ORGANIZERS
Join Rabbi Ain and Yoel Kohn and Judith Berkson for LISTEN Friday Night at Congregation Beth Sholom.
Yoel Kohn is a virtuoso singer and an expert on "Golden Age" cantorial music of the early 20th century. He is the son of a renowned Satmar Chassidic prayer leader, and brings this cultural perspective to his pursuit of artistry while pursuing a path outside of his birth community. See Yoel perform for a crowd of Chassidic fans, from whom he still receives invitations to perform.
Judith Berkson is a brilliant singer, a wonderful interpreter of lider, and an avant-garde composer who has collaborated with artists including Kronos Quartet and Anthony Coleman. Unlike contemporary cantors trained in the liberal movement seminary schools, Berkson’s interest in cantorial music is primarily driven by a revivalist interest in classic Jewish records from the early 20th century, putting her in the company of cantorial revivalists who are predominantly ultra-Orthodox men. See Judith perform at the Center for Jewish History in New York.
These two very different voices addressing the same classic cantorial music canon offer a striking view into contemporary approaches to Jewish liturgical sound.
DATE: Friday, November 16
TIME: 6:30 p.m. Kiddush to follow.
PLACE: Gronowski Family Chapel
COST: Free! All are welcome.
PLEASE LET US KNOW YOU ARE COMING
Korban Shabbat - A Sabbath of Communal Offerings is an alternative, free-form, Friday night experience that is Jewish in content and feeling.
Join us for another informative event! Achshav Yisrael's mission is to provide quality programming about Israel to Congregation Beth Sholom and the broadercommunity, for all age groups, on a regular basis. We intend to create a safe space at CBS for community exploration of Israel.
The CBS Family Preschool and Shabbat School families will join the rest of the Beth Sholom community and friends as we gather in our sukkah for the annual community Sukkot celebration, Pizza in the Hut. We'll say the sukkah blessings, shake the lulav, smell the etrog, nosh on pizza, and have a grand ol' time!
Support Our Winning Team!
The BATS (Bay Area Temple Softball) season is well underway, but it isn't too late to play on the CBS Team! Games are in south Marin or San Francisco every other Sunday. Teams are coed and players must be 18 or older.
DATE: Sunday, August 5
TIME: 11 a.m.
WHERE: TBA - contact Steven Baruch for more information.
COST: No charge aside from $25 club shirt.
Season update: The Beth Sholom Avenues beat the Rodef Shalom Rebels 20-11 last Sunday! We had several first time players join us! Our record is 4 wines and 3 losses! The next game is against the Kol Shofar Macabees.